Tottenham Hotspur manager, Jose Mourinho says the North London club will do its best to ensure loanee, Gareth Bale has a ‘happy season’.
The Wales captain finally secured a return to the club he left seven years ago from Real Madrid on loan during the summer window. He is yet to play for the team due to a knee injury.
Speaking ahead of their Premier League clash against West Ham on Sunday (kick-off 4.30 pm UK time), Mourinho said Bale’s happiness is a key priority as he closes in on a second Tottenham debut.
According to reports, Bale could be involved for Spurs in the London Derby. Refusing to be drawn on whether or not Bale could feature against the Hammers, the coach stressed the importance of maintaining the morale of his high-profile transfer-window acquisition.
“The team is the most important thing and Gareth is here to help the team. But at the same time, we care about him. We care a lot about him.
“So the decisions we are going to make are going to be for the good of the team, but also for his own good. It is very important he has a happy season with us and I think at this moment of his career that is very, very important,” Mourinho told Sky Sports.
Spurs survives hectic schedule
Tottenham recently scaled through a hectic period prior to the international break, playing five games in 10 days, winning four out of the five matches.
Delighted over their performance, Mourinho said they now go into a “new period” in which the efforts must be restarted.
“In that period we were complaining about too many matches and last week we were complaining about no matches, so we are always complaining.
“But, jokes apart, we coped well with this busy period because the squad is very good and the boys have been fantastic.
“It is strange during the international period because you want to work and you cannot work, you’re waiting for players, but we have a big match on Sunday against a team that is playing well so we forget what we’ve done well in the past couple of weeks and a new period starts on Sunday,” he said.
One of Spur’s best Premier League victories was a 6-1 thrashing of 10-man Manchester United at Old Trafford prior to the international break.
Barring a last-minute controversial penalty decision from their 1-1 draw with Newcastle United, they would have picked up nine points from their opening four games.